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Straw bags- the new IT bags for the summer?

Straw Bags

Sure, Hermès has a bag named after Jane Birkin, but for much of the 70′s her bag of choice was a modest straw bag; a wicker basket, to be more precise. Here at PORTERO we are adoring the 70′s chic feel have less humble options with the same boho feel. Inspired by our recent mention on, we’ve complied a collection of straw bags to give you that same Jane Birkin boho feel for summer.

1. Rare Chanel Basket Case Crossbody Bag $4,680 (as seen on Philadelphia Magazine). Picture this: a sunny summer day, a flowy dress, wedges, and good company. This is the perfect bag for the most carefree woman.

2. Valentino Natural Straw with Floral Trim Tote Bag $1,200. The straw material is the perfect casual accessory for your weekend outings, but the leather trim makes it formal enough for the office. Besides, this tote is big enough for you to bring your laptop and a couple of books to work. Be sure to make your coworkers jealous because 1. it’s Valentino, and 2. the price is a steal!

3. Gucci Natural Straw with Gold Leather Positano Scarf Tote Bag $745. Doesn’t matter if you live on a big city far from the beach, sporting this tote bag will make you feel like you’re on the Amalfi Coast.

4. Hermès Limited Edition Picnic Garden Party Straw and Leather Tote Bag $14,999. We’re sure you have seen many straw bags, but we know you haven’t seen a straw bag quite like this one. This bag is for the woman who lives in a constant summer state of mind; a woman who enjoys the outdoors, and the finer things in life. Whether a walk on the beach, a picnic in the park, or a stroll down a quaint street on the French Riviera; this Hermès Garden Party is the perfect companion.

5. Chanel Straw Canvas Laptop Bag $3,180. Want to bring a little bit of the beach to the office? Then you need a Chanel straw bag that fits your laptop and other office essentials. This is a rare find, that will definitely give you a sunny disposition at the office.

Do you think straw bags will be this summer’s “It”  bag, or will it be the bucket bag?


Sophisticated and Revolutionary: Prada

Miuccia Prada, fashion designer and youngest grand-daughter of Prada’s founder Mario Prada, notably said, “What people sometimes interpret as quirky is my attempt to subvert the concept of luxury by introducing elements that are considered ordinary or commonplace…”

Over the last century, Prada has represented all that is sophisticated and revolutionary about Italian design.  Founded in 1913, Prada quickly obtained prestige amongst European aristocrats, and in 1919, the brand became the luxury supplier to the Italian Royal Family.

Prada’s history is filled with beautiful designs, family, and intelligent business decisions such as a long-lasting partnership with Patrizio Bertelli, and affiliation with several successful lines including: Fendi, Helmut Lang, Jil Sander, Church & Company, and Miu Miu.

Shop Portero’s Prada collection here.


Parisian Charm: Céline

Minimalist Parisian charm for the everyday woman reigns the chic brand, Céline.  Since its beginning in 1945 as a Paris-based children’s custom shoe shop, the Céline brand has transformed into one of the world’s most desired labels.

Design headed by Madame Céline until 1997, the brand has since been revived by multiple renowned designers including: Michael Kors, Roberto Menichetti, Ivana Omazic, and now, Phoebe Philo, whose designs continue to captivate on the runway, red carpet, and the streets.

Shop Portero’s Céline collection here.

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Spotlight on Louis Vuitton

Before the Wright Brothers were the first in flight and Karl Friedrich Benz engineered the first petrol automobile, travelers in horse-drawn carriages, boats, and trains longed to find durable yet stylish trunks to accompany them on their travels.  When 16-year-old Louis Vuitton began working with admired custom box-maker, Monsieur Maréchal, in 1837, his craft quickly obtained high-regards amongst Parisian travelers.

After 17-years of customizing boxes and trunks at Monsieur Maréchal’s Parisian atelier, Vuitton opened his own shop near the Place Vendome.  Today, the monogrammed “LV” and Damier collections continue to be some of the most coveted luxury handbags and luggage around the world.

Shop Portero’s Louis Vuitton collection: 

Featured Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM Brown Monogram Canvas Tote Bag:


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A Bright Start to the New Year

Out with the old and in with Pantone’s color of the year: Radiant Orchid! We’ve been inspired by the endless hues of this year’s enticing and confident color.  From Hermès to Nancy Gonzalez, you can spot 2014’s color in an array of gorgeous totes, shoulder bags, clutches, and jewelry at

Shop our inspired collection here:

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Just in: Classic Black Hermès Birkin

Right out of the box — one of the pristine black Birkins that you can find on Portero.

Shop Birkins here.

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Spotted: The Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Never has a bag had a more apropos than the Louis Vuitton Neverfull. Seriously, the bag carries anything and everything — up to 200 lbs worth for the GM size. Since being introduced in 2007, it has become a classic work to weekend bag. We love it in everything from classic monogram to the limited editions. Bonus: The style is reversible.

Shop Louis Vuitton here.

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Labor Day: Travel with a Birkin HAC

The Hermès Birkin HAC is short for Haut à Courroies, which means high belts in French. These Birkins are slightly taller with shorter straps. Designed in late 1800s, they were designated for transporting riding gear. Today, the larger bags are ideal for travel. Bon weekend!

Shop all Birkins here

Inside a double flap bag

Take a closer look: Inside a Chanel 2.55 bag

The double flap got its name for a reason — there are two closures. Inside, you’ll find rich burgundy leather that connects back to Coco. The mademoiselle grew up in an orphanage and the color echoes the orphans’ uniforms.

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Finish summer with a white hot statement

A vision in white: A Hermès Bolide in leather and toile.


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